Growing up a favourite of mine was spam fried rice so I wanted to create a vegan version of it using tofu! So here’s a Vegan Tofu “Spam” Fried Rice made using homemade tofu “spam”.
The Fried Rice Ingredients
It’s totally up to you what type of veggies you’d like to mix in your fried rice but I personally love using a pea, carrot, and corn mix (that I always have in my freezer) along with some diced shiitake mushrooms.
Leftover rice/other grain
I used a mix of short grain rice and a bit of quinoa for this fried rice (basically a fried rice and quinoa) but feel free to use just plain rice or even some brown rice–really up to you, too!
Leftover rice is the best! The rice and quinoa I used were leftovers so they came from the fridge.
I also coloured the rice with some turmeric powder to give it that nice yellow colour.
The Tofu “Spam”
I simply marinated these tofu cubes and pan-fried them. They get that colour from beet powder that makes them look all the more like spam–but they of course don’t taste like spam since they’re made of tofu! It’s just really nice to be able to visually recreate something you grew up enjoying.
You can find my vegan tofu spam recipe here.
COOKING THE FRIED RICE
This is a very easy one-pan recipe. I simply sautéed the veggies first.
I also seasoned the veggies, to taste. It might be a bit salty at first but when you add the rice afterwards and mix it together, it’ll be just right.
Add in the rice. Afterwards, add in the turmeric powder. Mix together and coat the rice in the turmeric powder to give it that beautiful golden colour.
Mix in the tofu “spam” cubes.
Cook for a few more minutes and feel free to season with more salt to taste, if needed.
Serve and enjoy! You’ll find the recipe for this fried rice below. ❤️
You might enjoy these vegan recipes:
- Sundubu Jjigae (Korean Soft Tofu Stew)
- Kimchi Pancakes or Kimchi Jeon
- Filipino Kaldereta or ‘Meat’ Stew
- Tantanmen (Vegan Ramen)
- Kimchi Noodle Soup with Dumplings
- Thai Tom Yum Soup
- Filipino Lumpiang Gulay or Fried Vegetable Spring Rolls
- Filipino “Pork” Barbecue
- Japanese Chahan or Fried Rice
- Crispy Eggplant Katsu
- Scalloped Potatoes in Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce
- Chili Garlic and Black Bean Eggplant Noodles
- Easy Sweet, Spicy, and Saucy Noodles
- Stir-Fried Tofu and Basil Noodles
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Vegan Tofu “Spam” Fried Rice
- 1 tbsp sesame oil or neutral oil, for cooking
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 cup corn, peas, and carrots mix I used a frozen mix (see notes)
- 3 shiitake mushrooms or other mushrooms diced
- 1 tsp salt or more to taste, if needed (see notes)
- 4 cups cooked and cooled rice I used a mix of short grain rice and quinoa
- 3/4 tsp turmeric powder for colour
- 1 batch vegan tofu spam cubes
- Pinch white pepper or ground black pepper (see notes)
- Chopped scallions optional
- Prepare the veggies, tofu “spam”, and leftover rice/grain of choice.
- Heat a large non-stick pan or skillet over medium high heat.
- Add in some oil to the pan.
- Add in the garlic and onion. Sauté for 1 minute.
- Add in the veggies and mushrooms.
- Season with some salt and pepper. This will be a bit salty but once you mix it with the rice it’ll be just right!
- Add in the rice.
- Carefully break apart the rice with your spatula.
- Add in the turmeric powder and mix the rice well to coat evenly.
- Add in the tofu “spam” and mix well. Leave to cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Taste the rice and feel free to season with more salt as needed. You can also add some soy sauce but this will change the colour of the rice—which was why I opted to use salt and white pepper to retain the golden yellow colour of the rice.
- Turn off the heat and top with some chopped scallions if you’d like. Enjoy your fried rice while it’s hot!